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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer


Mar

26

The Sea Never Sleeps and neither do the students of C-257

James Conley, Stonehill College
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The crew of C257 (after Randall Richardson had departed the ship's company).

Ship's Log

At 1300 we are:
Sailing under the 4 lowers, JT, and Fisherman

Course ordered
230 deg per ship’s compass

Course steered
230 deg per ship’s compass

Winds
SSW force 3

Seas
E 3ft.

Weather
Clear skies

Log
1788.7nm

Souls on Board

If I have learned anything from being in college its two things: The first is that sleep is a very valuable commodity which I never get enough of and second, college students are a special breed of individuals. It shouldn't have come as much of a surprise to my classmates and myself that as our time together comes closer to an end, so to would our due dates come catapulting into our realities. Although it should have come as no surprise, there certainly was a great amount of surprise amongst this salty band of collegiate sea dogs when our due dates where announced. Although there was much surprise, the class C-257 has never been one to step back from a challenge and the whole gang got quick to work finishing ocean reef surveys, change paper addendums, posters, and our journal. As one of the students whose bunk is located in the main saloon I can confirm that it has never been a livelier place these past few days. Additionally there is something special about this group, collectively I feel that this group has more drive then all the sails and the 500 horse power engine on the Cramer combined.

Although we are in the JWO stage of our sailing life, which is very exhausting I can assure you, we all still find time to put in our best effort on our assignments. I have said it before and I will say it again, I have felt honored to be surrounded back such a talented and intelligent group of individuals. This honor has been confirmed by the impressive work everyone has been producing.

Although I could bask in the glory C-257's truly stunning intellect and our indefatigable positive energy, not to mention our devilishly good looks, I am sure you would like to hear about the events of the day. The morning Science station brought about a new buzz of excitement on board the Cramer as we were going to send our CTD deep into the Puerto Rico Trench. We extended our wire as far out as 1900 meters with the hope of learning a
little bit more about the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean. As an added bit of excitement, everyone one board decorated a Styrofoam cup which was attached to the CTD. Under the massive pressure deep in the trench, the cups shrank to a miniature version of itself.

In the afternoon we had a poster session in which everyone displayed the results of their port stop Change Projects. At this time everyone was able to showcase the product of their hard work on shore researching their specific topic of interest. The final piece of excitement for the day and my personal favorite was the setting of the Raffe sail. Until today this sail was only a thing of legend. The Raffe is a sail which flies high on the fore mast when you have light, following winds.  On many a SEA Semester these conditions never occur and this elusive sail remains quietly tucked away.

In a frenzy of excitement many of the students, myself included, raced to find a position to help hoist this sail aloft. The deck was so full of energy that the sail was aloft only moments after the haul away command was given. Such are the memories we will always carry with us.

To all our loved ones back home who I am sure eagerly await our return,  we miss you and we will be home soon.

- James

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